Thursday, February 17, 2011
Shrimp Corn Chowder
I know a lot of people out there look down on blogging or just don't get it, but I feel so fortunate to have found all of you. Seriously, when you are having a rotten day, being surrounded (even if it is virtually) by all of you kind and considerate people definitely puts a smile on my face! Thank you all for being there for me. It means so much to know that you care!

The doctor's visit went fine yesterday. I have no news, but honestly, I didn't plan to. I know how these things go. I have tests that are being run and some I have chosen to hold off on until we get some other answers. My insurance company should love me since I don't want to spend tons of money on tests that may not be necessary. Oh and one rant on tests and then I am done with the Debby Downer can take over a month to get results back to some of these tests. Really? Don't you think that is a little long? So, they gave me antibiotics for something not knowing if it is that or about over medicating. Ok, rant over...

Anyway, let's talk about something a little more fun. I promised you the chowder recipe made with the leftovers from the low country boil. This was the second part to Max's birthday dinner request. The boys absolutely LOVE this soup and it is always nice to change up leftovers by making them in to something better!

Remember, we made this with leftovers, so use what you have. Wether you use leftovers or make it from scratch, this is really easy and super fast. We based it on our corn chowder recipe (Um, yeah, it is embarrassing even linking to that picture...good grief it's bad!). This is so creamy and the coconut milk takes it to a whole other level. We have used almond milk in the past too and it works really well, but this combination was just made for each other!

Shrimp Corn Chowder

tablespoons Smart Balance Light 
cup chopped onion (left over from the boil)
tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free all-purpose flour 
cups dairy free milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
cups cooked potatoes (diced small)
cups corn cut off the cob (or frozen corn works too)
3 cups shrimp (or more corn and potatoes if you don't want meat)
salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper

Melt the Smart Balance in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook until slightly browned. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk slowly while whisking. Next add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook until thick (about 5 minutes).

*Make sure you bring it to a boil so it will thicken.

I really think making foods that you can turn in to soups later is a great way to cook in general. We normally cook a huge batch of things just so we can make them in to something else. No, I don't LOVE leftovers, but I like reinventing them so I like having the already cooked ingredients on hand. 

Do you like cooking big batches of things to change up or do you go for the smaller portions so you don't have to deal with leftovers? What is your favorite dish to use leftovers in? Feel free to link to stuff too!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:30 PM  
  • At February 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    I like cooking big batches, but my husband doesn't like eating leftovers more than 2 times, so I'm usually the one eating it all, which is fine by me. I'm glad the doctors visit went okay. I can't believe it takes so long to get results back! I hope you feel better soon! I'm also appreciative for the blog world! :)

  • At February 17, 2011 at 6:02 PM, Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said…

    I know exactly what you mean about blogging. And I am so grateful to have YOU in my life!

  • At February 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM, Anonymous Heather said…

    This looks delicious Sarena! If I had potatoes, this would so be my dinner tonight! Definitely on the list for this weekend!

    I LOVE leftovers and I love morphing leftovers into different dishes. I will usually roast a whole sheet of veggies on Sunday and eat on them all throughout the week in salads, omlets, or mix them up with quinoa or rice for a one bowl dinners!

    I feel the same way about the connections I've made through blogging. A lot of people just don't understand that this is a whole different world! Less than a year ago, I didn't even know what a food blog was, and now I couldn't picture my life without them!

    PS, I just got some coconut flour the other day and I am THIS FREAKIN excited to make your famous coconut cream! :-D

  • At February 17, 2011 at 6:16 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    This looks amazing! We LOVE corn chowder.

    As for the blogging thing, I'm so happy to have 'met' you in the blog world :)

  • At February 17, 2011 at 6:19 PM, Anonymous Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said…

    Since I'm the only one that eats what I cook, I like things that make only a little bit of leftovers. It can get really repetitive to eat the same thing all the time, but on the other hand, it's nice to be able to grab something in a pinch.

  • At February 17, 2011 at 6:21 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    The chowder looks amazing! I really need to get better at turning my leftovers into something else---I rarely do it (and my leftovers often go bad).
    Hope your road to recovery is smooth and quick!
    Oh, and I totally agree on the blogging thing--who cares what people think!?! ...if it feels good and it doesn't hurt anyone, it can't be bad :)

  • At February 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM, Anonymous Rach said…

    Oh my goodness, a month is forever long to wait! I really hope you get some answers soon!

    I hear you on being appreciative to the blog world. I've been so surprised at this community here and I love it!

  • At February 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I'm trying to be better about cooking in large batches to stash leftovers in the freezer for later - whether they are re-purposed or not. And I'm with you on the blog friendships and support. I know I have appreciated your support many many times!

  • At February 17, 2011 at 7:31 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    A month to get results back? What are they doing? Getting 100 second opinions???

    Chowder is one that feeds the soul. Comfort at it's finest! :)

  • At February 17, 2011 at 7:38 PM, Blogger Simply Life said…

    oooh this looks like a mix of all my favorite things!

  • At February 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM, Anonymous Averie said…

    leftovers save my sanity all the time! i batch cook and the family eats the same thing for 4 days or so for dinners, or a variation of it, and then we're on to the next thing...


  • At February 17, 2011 at 9:00 PM, Anonymous Lauren (PB&G) said…

    I totally agree with your test rant. And the overmedicating thing..

    But man this soup looks awesome! I would probably sub in some tempeh for the shrimp or something but I'm a corn chowder lover for sure!

  • At February 17, 2011 at 9:05 PM, Anonymous holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    I try to make enough for leftovers for the next day (either for me for lunch or dinner the following night). I don't mind leftovers -- it makes it easy for me!

    I agree with you about having this community when things are rough!

  • At February 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM, Anonymous Christin@purplebirdblog said…

    I love my little blogger family that I've made.. you guys make my days brighter! :)

    I love chowder, and this sounds perfect. The idea of using the boil leftovers is sheer genius!

  • At February 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM, Anonymous lee said…

    I completely agree with you. Although some of my real life friends don't understand blogging at all, I'm so grateful for all the friends that I've made through it. You included! Although I guess you're a real life frien too!

  • At February 18, 2011 at 4:49 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Wow, that's a long time to wait for a test. I hope the belly issues just work themselves out.

    I don't know what I would do without my fellow bloggers. Some of them are my best friends!

  • At February 18, 2011 at 7:23 AM, Blogger laxsupermom said…

    Yum! That looks delicious! I love cooking large amts and turning leftovers into soup, too. But this soup looks so tasty, it's worth a first run. Thanks for sharing and for offering the e-mail option.

  • At February 18, 2011 at 7:51 AM, Anonymous Jess@Healthy Exposures said…

    I couldn't agree with you more about how wonderful the blogging community is. So many wonderful people, and so much wonderful support. Words cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to have met YOU, you know! I've got my fingers crossed that everything works itself out for you. Hoping today is a better day :)

  • At February 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM, Blogger Liz Dean said…

    So glad the dr's visit went well...but, good Lord! a month?!? that is absurd.

    Love making enough to either reinvent, or have leftovers for breakfast/lunch the next day... :)

  • At February 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I love the coconut milk in this. Kinda sweet tasting, right?

    No news is better than bad news. Praying for a good result!

  • At February 18, 2011 at 2:23 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    i love bogging for the same reason. i love my internet friends, haha :) the chowder looks so good!

  • At February 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM, Anonymous Alisa Fleming said…

    A month!? I'm the queen of medical tests and have never had one that took that long to get results on. I wonder if the medical system is a bit different in areas?

    Yes, I love the blogger comradery, and don't really care if the offline world doesn't get it.

    Plus, I get to find out about yummy recipes like this one :)

  • At June 14, 2011 at 7:29 PM, Blogger Kristin Overton said…

    We just made this for dinner- AMAZING! The man grew up in a dairy free house & now in his mid 20's has never had a chowder. Today changed everything.

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